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Sika Sarnafil announces competition winners

Sika Sarnafil, Canton, Mass., has announced the winners of its 2012 Contractor Project of the Year Competition, which highlights excellence in roof system installation. Winners in four categories—Low Slope, Steep Slope, Waterproofing and Sustainability—were recognized for outstanding workmanship while completing a project using a Sika Sarnafil thermoplastic membrane for roofing or waterproofing applications.

Waterproofing Associates Inc., Mountain View, Calif., won in the Low Slope category for reroofing the 73-bed, one-story Doctors Hospital of Manteca, Manteca, Calif. Charles F. Evans Co. Inc., Elmira, N.Y., won in the Steep Slope category for its work on Elmira College's Cowles Hall, Elmira. Cardinal Roofing Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, won in the Waterproofing category for its work on George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas. And Star Roofing Inc., Phoenix, won in the Sustainability category for its work on Arizona State University's Student Recreation Center, Tempe.

More than 24 contractors throughout the U.S. submitted projects for evaluation. First-place winners received cash prizes, and finalists received recognition plaques. More information about the winners and finalists is available at

CertainTeed introduces incentive programs

CertainTeed Corp., Valley Forge, Pa., has made several incentive programs available to roofing contractors, including its Contractor's Edge™ Shingle Sweepstakes, No Limits promotion and No Dollar Limit promotion.

CertainTeed's Contractor's Edge Shingle Sweepstakes gives contractors in North America who use SureStart™ Plus warranties the chance to win one of five 2014 Ford™ F-150 trucks or be one of 10 winners to receive $5,000 worth of Landmark™ Pro Shingles. Roofing contractors who meet the eligibility requirements will be entered into a $500,000 sweepstakes for CertainTeed shingles.

CertainTeed's No Limits promotion provides rebates to contractors who purchase CertainTeed products, such as Landmark Solaris,™ Landmark Pro, Presidential,™ Highland Slate™ and Independence,™ as well as select CertainTeed accessories. Qualifying low-slope lines include CoolStar™ and Flintlastic® commercial roofing products. Rebates range from $1 to $4 per square and are credited to a CertainTeed Visa® debit card. Gold and Silver Star Contractors also will be eligible for an extra $1-per-roll rebate for qualifying products.

Additionally, Gold and Silver Star Contractors specifically focused on commercial projects have the opportunity to earn incentives with the No Dollar Limit promotion. For every 250 squares of eligible warranties registered, contractors will receive a $500 Visa debit card rebate.

More information about CertainTeed's incentive programs is available in the For Professionals section of

GAF sponsors initiative

GAF, Wayne, N.J., has announced it is sponsoring The All-American Home Initiative.

The All-American Home Initiative, founded by Anders Lewendal, president of Anders Lewendal Construction Inc., Bozeman, Mont., and Jake Lewendal, partner with Anders Lewendal Construction, encourages Americans to support local manufacturing and buy local products as often as possible.

During the International Builders' Show Jan. 22 in Las Vegas, Jake Lewendal and GAF invited show attendees to take the 5% Pledge at The All-American Home Initiative's website, Those who sign the pledge commit to using 5 percent more U.S.-made products in their construction projects. According to The All-American Home Initiative, if every builder uses 5 percent more U.S.-made products, it will create more than 220,000 jobs in the U.S. Manufacturers of U.S.-made products can add their companies' names and a list of their products to a directory on the initiative's website.

Also, GAF has announced plans to open a combined polyisocyanurate and TPO manufacturing facility in Cedar City, Utah. The facility expands GAF's North American single-ply commercial roof system manufacturing network to three polyisocyanurate operations and three TPO operations. The facility will produce the full line of GAF TPO products, including new 50- and 70-mil-thick EverGuard Extreme® TPO.

The facility is GAF's second combined plant and will allow the company to more efficiently meet increasing demand for polyisocyanurate and TPO products throughout the western U.S. The 78-acre site includes an existing building with more than half a million square feet of space. Work to upgrade the building and install production lines and supporting equipment will begin this quarter, and operations will begin in 2014. The new facility is expected to result in at least 50 new jobs.

Additionally, UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Inc., has announced GAF is the first company to achieve UL's Landfill Waste Diversion claim validation.

Started in June 2012, UL Environment's Zero Waste to Landfill, Virtually Zero Waste to Landfill and Landfill Waste Diversion claim validations recognize companies that handle waste in innovative and environmentally responsible ways.

UL Environment's landfill waste diversion criteria include a variety of methods companies may use to minimize the amount of waste they send to landfills, including energy creation through waste incineration, reuse, recycling and composting.

Companies that achieve a landfill diversion rate of 100 percent qualify for the Zero Waste to Landfill claim validation; companies that achieve a diversion rate of 98 percent or greater qualify for the Virtually Zero Waste to Landfill claim validation; and those that achieve a diversion rate of 80 percent or greater qualify for the Landfill Waste Diversion claim validation. GAF's EverGuard TPO manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Ind., has achieved a landfill diversion rate of 90 percent.

Contractor news

Roofing contractors' wives pass away

The wives of two NRCA member contractors recently passed away.

Sharon Hoselton, wife of Ray Hoselton, chief executive officer of Union Roofing Co. Inc., Chenoa, Ill., passed away Feb. 3.

Hoselton was born April 5, 1946, in Pontiac, Ill. She graduated from Chenoa High School in 1964. Hoselton was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chenoa, Arts and Travels Club, Chenoa Women's Club, Eppards Point Sunshine Club, Jaycettes of Chenoa and Pontiac Elks Club's Ladies Golf Association. Hoselton also was a Chenoa Peace Meals volunteer, served as a McLean County Election Judge and participated in Chenoa's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Hoselton is survived by Ray and her children, Rod, Stacie, Doug, Jeff and Suzanne; sister, Ann; brothers, James and Larry; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association at or St. Joseph Parish, 225 W. Owsley St., Chenoa, IL 61726.

Lynda Conway, wife of NRCA Vice President Dennis Conway, co-owner of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 5.

Conway was born June 10, 1941, in Seattle and was a long-time resident of Hawaii before moving to Las Vegas in 1996. She was a former Pan American Airways flight attendant and an avid traveler.

Conway is survived by Dennis and her daughter, Mikala; sister, Leslie; stepchildren, Shannon and Ryan; and grandchildren, Lyndsey, Sadie and Rowan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Conway's name to Wounded Warrior Project at or American Stroke Association at

Roofing contractor passes away

David L. Hunt, founder of Copper Hunt, Westernville, N.Y., and former employee of Revere Copper Products Inc., Rome, N.Y., passed away Feb. 18.

Hunt was born April 17, 1944, in Troy, N.Y. He graduated from The Albany Academy, Albany, N.Y., and attended University of Missouri's School of Mines, Rolla, Mo. He retired from Revere Copper Products in May 2011 after working there for 42 years. Hunt then opened his consulting business, Copper Hunt.

Hunt served as chairman of the Copper and Brass Fabricator's Council Environmental Committee and served on the Metal Construction Association's board of directors. Hunt also was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Alpha Kappa Chapter, in Rolla, as well as the Copper Development Association, NRCA, RCI Inc. and the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues. Hunt also recently had been inducted to Metal Roofing Magazine's 2012 Hall of Fame.

Hunt is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Katie, Stephanie, Ruth, Pam, Erin and Leighann; sons, Dennis, Matthew and John; sisters, Sue, Cindy, Lucy and Melissa; brother, Jon; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please contact Faxton St. Luke's Cancer Center, Utica, N.Y., at (315) 624-5321.

Affiliate news

Former NERCA president passes away

Sidney I. Sontz, former president of the North/East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA), passed away Feb. 14.

Sontz served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was president of Max Sontz Roofing Services, Lynn, Mass.

Sontz loved and was grateful to be a part of the roofing industry. In addition to proudly serving as NERCA's president from 1992-94, Sontz served on NRCA's board of directors. He also was a member of Camp Bauercrest's and North Shore Jewish Community Center of Marblehead's board of directors and a member of Aleppo-Shriners, Jewish War Veterans, Kernwood Country Club, Mount Carmel Masonic Lodge and Temple Israel.

Sontz is preceded in death by his mother, Esther; father, Max; and brothers, Phillip, Hyman, Charles and Stanley. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; children, Andrea, Marlene, Bradley and Derek; brother, Harold; and 12 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sidney I. Sontz Hillside Fund of Camp Bauercrest at or NERCA's North East Roofing Educational Foundation at

Other news

ANSI approves standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the Cool Roof Rating Council's (CRRC's) ANSI/CRRC-1-2012 Standard, concluding the two-year public review process and allowing building codes and rating programs worldwide to continue referencing the standard. The standard is part of CRRC's mission to implement accurate and credible radiative energy performance ratings for roofing products, as well as to provide education and objective support to interested parties.

The ANSI/CRRC-1-2012 Standard outlines policies for the measurement of initial and aged solar reflectance as well as thermal emittance values of roofing products. The standard was adapted from CRRC's Product Rating Program Manual and describes sample preparation and test procedures to ensure consistency in preparation and measurement of roofing properties.

EPS group develops recycling map

The EPS Industry Alliance has developed an interactive Reuse and Recycling map powered by Google to help consumers and businesses locate a facility where they can dispose of EPS packaging.

The Reuse and Recycling map was designed to be intuitive and comprehensive. Loose-fill drop-off centers are displayed with a red icon, and locations that handle other EPS packaging are displayed with a blue icon. Locations can be filtered by ZIP code, as well as by the type of EPS packaging the facility handles.

Loose-fill reuse centers have been provided with business card inserts displaying a QR code that when scanned with a smartphone or tablet will direct the user to the EPS Reuse and Recycling Google map. The cards can be reproduced and included in packages that contain EPS loose-fill. Window stickers will label participating businesses as loose-fill drop-off locations.

ASTM International receives accreditation

ASTM International has been accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

SCC carries out various functions to ensure the effective and coordinated operation of standardization in Canada. Accreditation signifies ASTM International meets all the requirements for consensus standards development set by SCC. These requirements mirror the principles of the World Trade Organization: transparency, openness, consensus and relevance. The council's audit was conducted Nov. 6-8, 2012, at ASTM International's headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa.

Additionally, ASTM International has opened an office in Ottawa, Canada. The office is being led by Diane Thompson, who will work with SCC and assist with outreach opportunities with industry and government agencies.

The industry online

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has redesigned its website, The website includes breaking news and product information categorized by three market sectors: residential, commercial and roofing professional. The website now features a bookstore, and visitors will have direct access to ARMA's Fast Facts, MAT Releases, videos and cool roofing content through the website's homepage.

NRCA news

NRCA announces new directors

NRCA announced its 2013-14 slate of officers and directors at its 126th Annual Convention held Feb. 3-7 in San Antonio. The directors will begin their three-year terms June 1. For a list of new officers, see "Bigger in Texas," page 28.

The following were elected directors:

Tim Blue, president of Blue's Roofing Co., Milpitas, Calif.
Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas
Chris Fry, vice president of Fry Roofing Inc., San Antonio
Don Kennedy, president of Don Kennedy Roofing Co. Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
Kevin Krolczyk, president of Mint Roofing, Long Lake, Minn.
Aaron Martin, president of DRI Cos., Irvine, Calif.
James Patterson, senior vice president—procurement for CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
Tim Rainey, president of Supreme Roofing Systems, Dallas

For more information about NRCA's board of directors and next year's nominations, contact Alison LaValley, NRCA's vice president of operations, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7573 or



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